The Vaad Harabbonim
Recommended Kosher Symbol Card
Revised and Updated for 2017
is now available at One Stop Kosher Market.
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Kosher Slurpee® Products
From the 2017-06-27 Kashrus Alerts:
The K-COR strongly recommends that Slurpees be bought only at stores that have store-level Kashrus supervision of their slurpees, to be assured that the syrup box that feeds the machine is actually Kosher and pareve. The flavor cards on the machine cannot be relied upon, even if they bear a Kosher symbol, because stores sometimes use syrups that do not correspond with the brand or variety posted on the machine. In addition, when changing flavors, stores generally do not clean the machine in-between, and during the transition there can be a significant mixture of flavors, one of which may be non-Kosher or dairy.
The K-COR provides supervision for Slurpees at five local 7-Eleven stores, but only for the machine(s) specified on the K-COR certificate posted at each location, as follows:
- Lincoln & Greenfield: all three machines.
- 11 & Coolidge, 13 & Greenfield, 11 & Lahser and 12 bet. Greenfield & Coolidge: only the left machine.
If one is in an area where no supervised stores are available, the K-COR recommends that Slurpees not be bought unless the consumer is able to inspect the label on the box of syrup which feeds the Slurpee machine, to verify its Kosher and pareve (or dairy) status. [The box of syrup that feeds the machine is generally located in the back of the store, in an area which is off limits to non-employees, and cannot be entered without express permission from the store manager.]
The following agencies publish lists of kosher Slurpee products:
Due to extreme weather conditions in California, there has been an increase of infestation in all types of infestation-prone produce, including also Romaine lettuce. Our trained Mashgichim have found insects in these products even after repeated washings. Extra care should be taken when washing and checking these products, and it may be prudent to avoid purchasing them without a reliable certification until infestation levels have gone down.
Due to this situation, the availability of Star-K certified iceberg salad products from Dole is going to decrease for at least the next few weeks. Many bags will not bear the Star-K and they are not certified. Please check each bag for the Star-K symbol.
DOLE COLESLAW SALADS that were sold at One Stop as late as Wednesday, April 6, did not bear a P next to the Star-K symbol, and should not be used for Pesach.
UNGAR’S GEFILTE FISH that is being sold at Costco is not Kosher for Pesach, and states so openly on the label.
PRIGAT STRAWBERRY BANANA DRINK (can, UPC#7-290001-594452) with a Best Before date of Feb/06/18, has been stamped erroneously as Kosher for Passover. The OK certifies this product only for year-round use, not for Pesach. All other Prigat products that bear the Passover symbol are Kosher for Pesach without any concern.
OBERLANDER BAKERY KOSHER FOR PESACH “CHOCOLATE KOKOSH CAKE” has been recalled due to the presence of undeclared almond paste. Consumers who have allergies to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Details are available at theyeshivaworld.com.
SCHICK’S CHOCOLATE BABKA, which is chometz, is still being sold in the Passover section at Costco in Madison Heights, Michigan (see attached picture), despite repeated requests to the management to correct this. Consumers should voice their displeasure to Costco management.
MIKEE BRISKET COOKING SAUCE and MEHADRIN COTTAGE CHEESEwithout Pesach certification were found mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Please check every label of your purchases.
SOLOMON’S GLATT KOSHER MEAT: According to the New Square Kashrus Council, Solomon’s meat that states Product of Mexico and does not bear Pesach marking should be rinsed, due to the possibility of kitniyos starch on the plastic packaging. Solomon’s ground meat requires special Pesach marking. For more details, see the letter from New Square Kashrus Council available at cordetroit.com.
Reminder – TOMER MEAT being sold at Costco and Meijer, bearing a Triangle K, is not recommended. If this product was used, please consult your Rav regarding the status of your utensils.
NOAH’S MARKETPLACE in Southfield, Michigan, was inadvertently omitted from the list of stores where chometz may be purchased after Pesach.